Maison Margiela, or MM is now a must in men’s fashion. I have to tell you about it, it’s impossible to ignore it! Whether for the care in the making, the perfect choice of materials, the mastery of the use of white, Martin Margiela has never ceased to provide us with iconic pieces, and his successors continue this work.
Even if it is not within the reach of all the purses, to possess basic Margiela in its wardrobe is decidedly not negotiable. I will try to introduce you to this house without falling into the cliché of the absolute admirer!
It is appropriate for me to begin with the portrait of this designer, from the “golden generation” that also gave birth to Ann Demeulemeester, Dries Van Noten. It was at the Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp that Martin Margiela acquired the technique. But it was with Jean-Paul Gaultier that he took off and founded the Maison Margiela in 1988.
It is more than a fashion, it is a story, another point of view on clothes, their manufacture and the way to wear them that Martin Margiela proposes. I remember his first fashion shows, and especially his entry into the world of haute couture. Maison Margiela imposed itself by alternating provocation and simplicity, extrapolation of forms and materials, and basic and obvious cuts.
Beyond the exalting anti-conformism of his beginnings, Martin Margiela will have strived to mix genres, and to propose a fusion of cuts traditionally attributed to either men or women. His adage “nothing is lost, everything is transformed” does not stop at the reuse of old clothes, but rather at the fundamental transformation of the garment.
I can only start with the sneakers, because they are truly representative of Maison Margiela.
I don’t think I’m exaggerating when I say that they are the flagship products of this house. The Replica range, in resonance with the name of the men’s perfume, is quickly identifiable.
Very comfortable, very colorful, the Margiela sneaker range is quite bluffing and I notice that it has a great success with men.
They go out of the usual channels of the sneakers for guys, and despite the fact that it remains sneakers, they offer a very dressed up finish to any outfit.
The second product I want to highlight, especially in winter, is coats. Maison Margiela offers a choice of coats and jackets of absolute elegance, as much in the choice of materials, as in the boldness of the cuts, and in the multitude of models.
Other iconic pieces could be cited, and I invite you to discover them on the website of the House Margiela.
Owning a Replica perfume is like opening a photo album. The name Replica comes from the project of wanting to recreate moments, and when I walk through the range of Margiela fragrances, I immediately understand why. JazzClub, BeachWalk, LazySundayMorning… It’s no longer a perfume that you buy, but a moment, a mood. The scents are extremely refined, and I still admire the concept and the products, the moments that Maison Margiela puts forward.
I especially feel that here too, gender is set aside, because even if I did not smell them all, I have the clear impression that everyone can appropriate a moment, and that the feminine mixes with the masculine, just for a moment, a story and that the house Margiela offers us above all a perfume of profound freedom.